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Key Concepts in Teaching and Learning
Instructional Design Researcher & Consultant,Teaching & Learning Services
Rebecca Johnson

At the end of this session, you should be able toDescribe key elements of student engagementIdentify opportunities for teaching support from Teaching and Learning ServicesIdentify resources that may be useful to you as you learn more about teaching and learning
Session Overview
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myCourses support and trainingworkshops on creating a syllabus and on instructional design20-Minute Mentor screenings and discussionsconsultationsTeaching and Learning Services
Teaching and Learning Services
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On your own, on one side of your index card, think about a class that you were excited to attend and write down the main reason why.Now think about a class that you dreaded attending and write down the main reason why.In groups of four, each person takes turns, introduce yourself and your program, and in 2 minutes share your positive and negative experiences.Spend another five minutes. Come to consensus as a group. What makes an exciting class? A less exciting class?
What sets the tone for a good class?
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Classroom Atmosphere
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Classroom Atmosphere—2017 GTA Orientation
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Value: Relevance to their personal, academic, and professional interestsReal-world relevanceVaried formsYour excitement for your disciplineExpectancies: Students need to know that with hard work, they can succeedClarify your expectationsTell students to put down the highlighter and pick up a penNormalize “failure” or at least struggle
What Is Student Engagement?
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Ask “How Are You?”: relationships formed with adults (faculty or not faculty) are criticalDisplay the framework: Learners need to know how this all fits together (See How Learning Works)Create a sense of wonder: NASA picture of the day, what new development or current event has you excited?--James M. Lang, “Small Changes in Teaching”
Three Things to Do Before Class
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TheEberly Centerat Carnegie Mellon University andHow Learning Worksby Susan Ambrose, et alCenter for Teachingat Vanderbilt UniversityKen BainJames M. LangMaryellen WeimerRaul Pacheco-VegaBarkley and Major’sLearning Assessment Techniques
Resources I Like
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Your department: your advisor, other faculty, your graduate school colleaguesYour fellow graduate students: outside of your departmentTeaching/learning-focused centers at RIT: Teaching and Learning Services, CASTLE, Gray MatterResources out in the world: pedagogy journals, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Faculty Focus, Magna 20-Minute Mentor, Center for Teaching and Learning websites (so many), Academic Twitter (sometimes)
Identifying Elements ofYourPersonal Learning Network
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Meet roughly once per monthReading and discussing literature on learningCommunity sets the agendaApplication will go out in the next week or so
GTA Community of Inquiry
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What will stick with you from this hour?What is your most urgent question about teaching or learning?Pass these index cards to the side of the room.
On the back of your index card, answer these two questions:
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Questions?
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